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Newsmaker: What is the biggest challenge for Tripura's new CM Manik Saha?

The monsoons are here and parts of Tripura are still unreachable. This is the new CM's greatest challenge

Manik Saha, Tripura CM
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BJP leader Manik Saha meets Tripura Governor S N Arya to stake claim to form the government, after being elected as Legislative Party Leader, at Raj Bhavan in Agartala. Former Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb is also seen.

Aditi Phadnis
It is not often that a state has two chief ministers of the same name. Under Manik Sarkar, the Left Front in Tripura ruled for 25 years with minimal challenges: Until it was conclusively and thoroughly defeated by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 2018. It took more than three years for Tripura to get another Manik in the saddle. A dentist, 69-year-old Manik Saha replaced Biplab Deb as chief minister in a BJP-led coalition government (33 MLAs), in which the Indigenous Peoples’ Front of Tripura (IPFT) has seven MLAs (it had eight in 2018 but a split reduced its

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First Published: May 22 2022 | 11:48 PM IST

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